Following on from our recent fund raising events in the last few months, we are pleased to announce the return of the clubs Sportsmans dinner.
This years event will take place on the evening of Friday 13th of October. It will feature Paul Allott of England and Lancs fame who currently plies his trade as a pundit on Sky Sports’ cricket channel. He will be supported by the very highly rated comedian Paul Boardman. Tickets are priced at £35 and include the usual top notch meal.
This years event is organised by Mark Hollister and Paul Seddon and tickets can be purchased by contacting either of the Likely Lads or contacting the club directly. We hope everyone from members, supporters, sponsors and players will give this event there full support.
This Sunday sees the season come to a close for our senior sides. Our first eleven bring the curtain down on a trophy winning season by hosting our near neighbours Accrington CC.
Winning the “Hyndburn” division (or the Fosters Lancashire League Division B, to give it it’s correct name) is a great achievement for our club, we will be the first ever winners of a trophy that we will hold until at least season 2019 (the way the fixtures will be played next season means there won’t be a winner in 2018). The influx of a number of new clubs to the league next year means we will never compete in this exact format in these numbers again. In some ways it’s a one off and one we are rightly proud of winning.
Some will say that we no longer operate on a level playing field any more, making it difficult for clubs with budgets like ours to compete. They are probably right but big budgets don’t always help win trophies, or hearts and minds. Giving the big boys “bloody noses” will start to become a popular game plan in seasons to come and we won’t be the only club busting a gut to do that. But we don’t want to keep playing the underdog card we want to win and keep winning, victory is always sweet no matter the division.
It’s probably appropriate that we didn’t receive the trophy last week whilst on the road and instead it will be presented to our Captain after the last game on Sunday on our home patch at DHL and we would like as many of our members, sponsors and supporters as possible to join us in the celebrations. Well done boys and well done the Field!
On August bank holiday Monday we held a fun day at DHL, nothing unusual in that, most folk will think. Well from a cricket club point of view you’ll be right. Every amateur club the county wide does days like this, it’s how we all keep going. From this event we raised substantial funds, the sort of funds we all need to keep a club going through the off-season. It wasn’t just to benefit ECC though, the winners prize was donated to Sadie and Matilda’s Sensory fund, with East Lancs Hospice and Elyisium also on site on the day. So what made this day different than any other fund raising day?
Well we can look at this in many different ways, but the answer is always the same, it’s people. A Club that is insular, promotes cliques and is seen from the outside to be unwelcoming will not survive in the dog eat dog world of volunteer sports clubs. We are no different than anybody else so we have to give people a positive impression of our facilities whenever we can. We need the support of our local communities to survive, we also need the help and support of volunteers, it’s the support of both that made Monday different. At one stage we had 2,000 people on Dill Hall Lane, in anybodies book that can only be seen as fantastic backing from the local community, if we don’t have that we don’t have a club.
But most impressive of all was the number of volunteers who came out and gave up time and energy to help. We don’t mean people who already support the club in an official capacity (we have a management and social committee who do that brilliantly), but the ones who weren’t obliged, the ones who went out of there way to help. Every club up and down the land needs folk like you. If you’re reading this and you think your local club doesn’t need your help, well 9 times out 10 you’ll be wrong. So we aren’t going to apologise for mentioning the following folk, make no mistake we appreciated all the time you gave up and like everybody else, you’re always welcome at Dill Hall Lane-
Thanks again and take a bow
All the teams who took part, the community groups who attended, and…
Rosie Kennedy, Lisa and Pat Cook, Jayne Mitchell, Nicola Wilkinson, Tracy Whitehead, Baz, Bill Wilkinson, Helen and Beth Tomlinson, Cath O’Loughlin, Bob and Sheila Slinger, Anthony Leeming, Brian Healey, apologies if we’ve missed anybody!
Volunteer your help for your local club, you’ll feel better for it and that club will be all the better for it!
Due to popular demand the monthly draw will now take place on the last Sunday in the month from 8pm, every month, with the next draw being 27th of August in the members bar.
IMG_4044 the Geoff Dixon memorial club clock as unveiled during the tea interval at our recent home game against Rawtenstall. A large number of Geoff’s old team mates attended including Jack Simmons, Ian Metcalf and Keith Windle, who kindly prepared a few words for the occasion. Geoff’s widow Eileen, was present along with lots of friends, players and members. We would like to thank all the people who made a contribution and made this possible.
A few weeks ago we announced we were inviting donations in aid of the Geoff Dixon memorial clock. We are delighted to announce that thanks to the generosity of the many people who knew Geoff, we will be unveiling the clock outside the tea room at the interval during our game against Rawtenstall on Saturday 5th August. The unveiling will be made by Eileen Dixon and one of the “legends” team that Geoff successfully Captained. Enfield CC would like to sincerely thank all those who contributed to this lasting memorial.
Unfortunately we have to announce that our Professional will be returning home earlier than expected after being called up by his home state for a Tournament. The ACA Sir Vizzy Tournament will be played in Vizianagaram in August and September and will mean Ravi will return home after our game v Church and miss the last 5 games of the season. Enfield will be employing sub-pro’s for this period.
We’ve now got confirmation of the rest of our fixtures for season 2017, 5pts clear at the top of Div2 means we’ve plenty to play for if we are going to be the first winners of the Div2 Trophy. As most will be aware a simple reverse of H & A games would not be possible but apart from one fixture (Church) that’s what we seem to have got. We finish with a cracking derby against Accrington at DHL.
Our 2s face very similar fixtures with 3 away and 4 home games again with plenty of derbies.
It’s probably no coincidence that both the 1s and 2s face the same opponents (with the exception of Colne/Nelson 2s). We are, after all, one Pro, one wage clubs and we can’t see that changing. We are of course in an area were the number of clubs to ratio of people playing the game is probably at its skinniest!
The 3s have a couple of re-arranged games and big thanks must go to both Jack Bottomley and Clitheroe CC for agreeing to move our scheduled 3X1 game on 28th August to 2nd Sept. Allowing us all to enjoy Its A Knockout day at DHL, and for Clitheroe’s juniors to support the senior team on T20 finals day at Darwen.
This seasons fixtures have not been ideal and it would be wrong to pretend they have. But for the Church fixture we do seem to have managed home and away derbies which is some consolation. Given the fact that all our neighbours are in the same division will definitely stimulate more interest in Hyndburn cricket as the season draws to a close. I also want to thank Jack again for taking on the thankless task of sorting these games. Nobody was ever going to be totally happy but thanks to Jack we were able to at least to confirm our 2nd phase home fixtures long before this weekends split. This keeps our sponsors happy for one, and sponsors help pay the bills!
Next season should more straight forward and we hope for as near as possible home/away/home/away and so on fixtures, and for maybe a better rub of the green when it comes to the dates of derbies. We will play four derbies and should expect two of those to be at home, well at least let’s hope so. Of course gates aren’t what they used to be but from a sponsorship point of view these are well supported games and I will be promoting our opinion on these from the outset. Anyway, here we go…..
5th Aug Rawtenstall (H), 13th Aug Church (A), 19th Aug Bacup (H), 20th Aug Rishton (A), 27th Aug Colne (H), 3rd Sept Gt Harwood (A), 10th Sept Accrington (H)
5th Aug Rawtenstall (A), 13th Aug Church (H), 19th Aug Bacup (A), 20th Aug Rishton (H), 27th Aug Nelson (A), 3rd Sept Gt Harwood (H), 10th Sept Accrington (A)
6th Aug Ramsbottom (A), 12th Aug Lowerhouse (H), 26th Aug Accrington (H), 2nd Sept Clitheroe 4th (H), 9th Sept Rawtenstall (A)